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Quote1 "Uncanny, this place is... Thence upward ascendeth the surging of waters, wan to the welkin when the wind is stirring... The weathers unpleasing, till the air groweth gloomy... and the heavens lower." Your bards were wrong, their erroneous poems false. Lies. All lies. Centuries of hypocrisy. Fantasies. The time to hear the true tale, to sing the song of my son, is nearly upon us... upon you, my children. We shall rewrite your tomes. Correct your fictions. Tell the story as it was meant to be told. In a chorus of wails. Of screams. But first... I must strengthen myself. Must feed. Must continue to... create a family. Quote2
-- Big Mother src
 
Symbiote Imperium (Earth-616) from Scream Curse of Carnage Vol 1 2 001

The birth of the "Grendel's Mother".

Origin

Billions of years in the past, the dark god Knull created a horde of symbiote dragons from the living abyss and dispatched them to wreak havoc across the cosmos. Manifested from Knull's divine blood, one symbiote dragon was red in color and took to accompanying one of its siblings in their interstellar feast.[2]

Medieval Times

In the sixth century, the two symbiote dragons made their way to Earth and began terrorizing the Danes of Denmark;[2] the black symbiote dragon coming to be known as "Grendel" and the red symbiote dragon as "Grendel's Mother".[3] Claiming a flooded cave hidden behind a waterfall as its lair,[7] the red symbiote dragon was enraged when the Grendel was struck down by the Asgardian storm-god Thor Odinson.[8] Going on a vengeful rampage, it attacked Heorot Hall and killed Aeschere - the chief warrior of King Hrothgar - and several other Danes in retaliation.[1][5] In retribution, Thor tracked the red symbiote dragon to its lair in a cave hidden behind a waterfall.[7] While it was believed by the evil sorcerer Merlin Demonspawn that Grendel's Mother had been vanquished using Excalibur and sealed away in a floating underground prison,[1][4] the red symbiote dragon had been electrocuted by Mjolnir in a mid-air battle with Thor, its unravelling body plummeting to the depths of the ocean.[9]

At some point following this, Thor's exploits were attributed to the Geatish prince Beowulf and were recorded by Anglo-Saxon poets in an epic entitled Beowulf - although numerous details were falsified.[1][10] Grendel's Mother was misidentified as an ogress and the mother of the half-dark elf warrior Grendell - who had also purportedly been slain by Beowulf - and his brother; and the poem also erroneously put forth that she had been slain by Beowulf.[11][1][4]

Big Mother (Klyntar) (Earth-616) and Marlo Chandler (Earth-616) from Captain Marvel Vol 4 20 001

Unleashed by Merlin Demonspawn.

Modern Age

In the early twenty-first century, Merlin Demonspawn summoned Grendel's Mother so that she could wreak havoc on the world,[12] but was incredulous when she transformed from a draconic beast into a feminine humanoid form. Before she could devour anyone, Marlo Chandler convinced her not to listen blindly to Merlin, arguing that he wanted something from her in exchange for her freedom. Confronting Merlin, Grendel's Mother demanded to know what he wanted of her, to which he replied that he desired the goblet belonging to the dragon slain by Beowulf, which he believed was the Holy Grail. Grendel's Mother stated that she remembered the dragon of which Merlin spoke as well as the location of its lair, but refused to take him to it; angry that he thought that she would obey him simply because he freed her. Their argument was interrupted by the arrival of Captain Marvel, Moondragon, and Al wearing Red Raven's armor. Simply walking away in the chaos, Grendel's Mother quickly becoming enamored with the modern world and encountered booking agent Mordecai Boggs. Intrigued when he offered to make her a star, she signed a five-year contract to become a pro-wrestler under the gimmick of "Big Mother".[1]

Eventually, Grendel's Mother "came to [her] senses" and rekindled her rage and hatred towards the humans that had told lies about her and her "son" and revered the one who had vanquished them as a hero.[7]

Fear Itself

When Cul Borson was unleashed, Big Mother participated in a debate among powerful demons, eldritch entities, and dark gods held at the Devil's Advocacy over what should be done about the God of Fear, listening to Mephisto's suggestion that they should do nothing except sit back and enjoy the carnage.[13]

Scream

In the wake of Carnage's attack on New York City and Knull being unleashed, Big Mother established a lair in a shipwreck off the coast of Manhattan and began assembling an army of monstrosities formed from drowned corpses amalgamated with sea-life and reanimated by living abyss, vowing to set right the lies told about her "son" by those who had written Beowulf.[10]

Drawn to the Scream symbiote and hoping to claim it as a surrogate daughter, she began sending her reanimated monsters after the symbiote's host, Andi Benton.[2] When Scream attempted to take the fight to her, Big Mother separated the Scream symbiote from Andi and left the human girl to drown.[5] The Scream symbiote managed to escape and rebond to Andi, rebuking Big Mother's insistence that they were family. Angered by the Scream symbiote's continued refusal to comply, Big Mother foiled Scream's attempt to escape and ripped the lesser symbiote off its host once again, swallowing Andi whole as she tried to swim to the surface.[7] The Scream symbiote rejected Big Mother again and rebonded to Andi, who as Scream ripped her way out of Big Mother's body.

Frustrated to the point of deciding to just kill Scream, Big Mother chased her to the surface and up the side of an under-construction skyscraper; Scream using a construction crane's cable as a makeshift noose in an attempt to lynch her - though the Scream symbiote noted this wouldn't be enough to kill her. As Big Mother struggled to free herself, she accidentally severed her own head, her last words to Andi being that Knull was coming.

After her apparent death, Big Mother's body was claimed by the F.B.I.'s Anti-Symbiote Task Force.[9]

Powers

Symbiote Physiology:

  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Stamina
  • Superhuman Durability: Grendel's Mother's strength is matched only by her durability. She can withstand a high degree of physical force without undue discomfort.[4]
  • Superhuman Speed, Agility, and Reflexes
  • Accelerated Healing Factor
  • Constituent-Matter Generation
    • Offshoot Generation: Grendel's Mother's constituent living abyss is capable of being separated into individual symbiotes that can be bonded to hosts. Through this, she is capable of a form of necromancy - reanimating corpses and turning them into grotesque monsters by infusing them with living abyss.[14]
  • Constituent-Matter Manipulation: Grendel's Mother can assume the form of a large wyvern-like dragon,[2] can take on a humanoid form,[1] and can assume an intermediary form combining aspects of both forms.[12] It is believed that she can adapt other forms as well, but this has yet to be revealed.[4]
  • Flight: In her dragon form, Big Mother possesses wings capable of interstellar flight.[2] Her speed and rate of climb while in this form have never been measured.
  • Fire-Breath: She is capable of shooting powerful torrents of flame from her mouth,[2] and can shoot blue energy beams described as burning and freezing at the same time.[5]

Magic: Big Mother purportedly possesses the ability to weave a variety of mystical enchantments, although the full range and limits of this power remains unknown. She purportedly once created an enchantment that rendered her son, Grendell, impervious to iron weaponry, forcing Beowulf to face him in hand-to-hand combat. This same enchantment also enabled Grendell to touch iron without being burned.[4]

Abilities

Although her prodigious size is her greatest asset, Big Mother is also a skilled hand-to-hand combatant.[4]

Strength level

Big Mother possesses superhuman strength levels, the limits of which remain unknown.[4]


Weapons

Big Mother has fangs and claws she can use to attack her enemies, and she can also breathe fire hot enough to burn underwater.

  • Some of the creatures spawned by Mother resembled the Fishmen.[10]
  • The character bears little resemblance to the actual character from Beowulf, and seems to have been conflated with the Dragon.

Discover and Discuss

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Captain Marvel Vol 4 #21
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Scream: Curse of Carnage #2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Captain Marvel Vol 4 #20-21
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #18; Big Mother's entry
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Scream: Curse of Carnage #3
  6. Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Scream: Curse of Carnage #4
  8. Venom Vol 4 #4
  9. 9.0 9.1 Scream: Curse of Carnage #5
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Scream: Curse of Carnage #1
  11. Thor #377
  12. 12.0 12.1 Captain Marvel Vol 4 #20
  13. Journey into Mystery #627
  14. Scream: Curse of Carnage #1-2
  15. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #18 & Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #1
  16. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #18 & Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #1



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